Jordan Peele working on Candyman reboot

Rising talent Nia DaCosta will direct the movie about the scary urban legend.

Comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele has signed on to produce a new sequel to classic horror movie Candyman.

The Get Out director co-wrote the screenplay with Win Rosenfeld for a new take on the Clive Barker short story The Forbidden, which inspired the 1992 big screen adaptation starring Tony Todd as the knife-wielding killer of urban legend.

That project spawned two follow-ups, 1995's Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman 3: Day of the Dead in 1999, but now Peele is helping to bring the scary tale to life for a new generation of horror fans.

Little Woods' Nia DaCosta has been tapped to direct the rebooted franchise, which is described as a "spiritual sequel" to the 23-year-old original, reports Deadline.com.

In a statement announcing the news, MGM's Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman shares: "We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind blowing combination of Jordan, Win and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker's haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans."

"The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre," Peele adds. "Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as filmmaker - and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting.

"We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker's legend."

The movie will be made via Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, in partnership with officials at Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, with filming set to begin in the spring (19) ahead of a June, 2020 premiere.

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